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New England Revolution

Gershon Koffie recognized for play against Toronto FC

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The defensive midfielder had a "near perfect night," according to Revolution coach Jay Heaps.

Gershon Koffie had himself quite a week.

Koffie returned to the field on Saturday after serving a one-game suspension. The midfielder was sensational over 90 minutes against Toronto FC, as he made six interceptions and took two shots while maintaining 92% passing accuracy.

Revolution DP Kouassi scheduled for surgery next week

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Xavier Kouassi is set to go under the knife after suffering a right knee injury.

New England Revolution Designated Player Xavier Kouassi is scheduled for surgery next Tuesday, according to RevolutionSoccer.net. The procedure, which will take place in Switzerland, will correct a right knee injury suffered on Sunday.

Rumor: Revolution to trial Guatemalan midfielder

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Two Guatemalan sources say that the Revs will bring Andy Ruiz on trial.

The New England Revolution will reportedly welcome Guatemalan midfielder Jose "Andy" Ruiz as a trialist, according to CFC Radio and Chapin League.

Ruiz is a 19-year-old defensive midfielder, who's known for his determined play.

Revolution Transfer Watch: An Inside Look at Designated Player Xavier Kouassi

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The Bent Musket spoke to journalist Oliver Dufour about the Revolution's new DP.

There's a real sense of excitement coming from the New England Revolution about their new Designated Player Xavier Kouassi. The 26-year-old defensive midfielder, who isn't expected to arrive until July, has an impressive resume, which includes captaining 2015 Swiss Cup champions FC Sion.

Revolution Transfers 2015: Rosell Linked to New England

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A Portuguese news outlet is reporting that Oriol Rosell could join the New England Revolution.

Former MLS midfielder Oriol Rosell could join the New England Revolution, according to a Portuguese news outlet.

Rosell, who played for Sporting K.C. from 2012-2014, is now with Sporting CP.

Major League Soccer

Player Poll: Nagbe and Chara Underrated

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ESPN FC have put up their annual anonymous Major League Soccer Player Poll and the Portland Timbers are showing up all over the place. With 123 unnamed players polled, ESPN FC covered questions like the league's most underrated players, the fairness of the MLS wage, and just what the players would like to change if they were in charge of MLS.

Revolution focused on preseason prep as Jones saga continues

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It's business as usual for the Revs.

The status of Jermaine Jones is still uncertain, but that isn't stalling preseason preparations.

Jones' initial 18-month contract expired at the end of 2015, leaving his future in question. The defensive midfielder was dominant during his first few months in MLS, helping the Revs to their first MLS Cup Final since 2007.

Jermaine Jones Takes to Twitter to Comment on Future in MLS

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The defensive midfielder hints at what's to come.

Jermaine Jones is a mystery man. As rumors about his future continue to swirl, he has taken to social media to give "insight" into his latest frame of mind. Of course, that doesn't mean his insight is clear—or even comprehensible. But it just may hint at what's next for the USMNT mainstay.

D.C. United

Former Philadelphia Union, Orlando City midfielder Amobi Okugo training with D.C. United

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The former USA under-23 defensive midfielder was a participant at today's open practice at RFK Stadium.

At D.C. United's open practice Wednesday morning, our own Steven Streff noticed a new face participating in the training session. That'd be Amobi Okugo, waived last month by Sporting Kansas City after making just 3 appearances in 2015.

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, CONCACAF Champions League, and MLS links for Wednesday February 24, 2016

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Stupid crossbars.

So close. Steve Birnbaum was robbed 3 times by Volpi, and Taylor Kemp put a dent in the crossbar with that right (!!!) footed shot. Luciano Acosta has the tools to really change some things about the attack. Marcelo Sarvas looked like the 2014 version of himself (albeit a more defensive version) than the player who was nothing special for Colorado last year.

Costa Rican midfielder Ariel Rodriguez to trial with D.C. United

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Another trialist comes onto the radar.

Two reports out of Costa Rica link Ariel Rodriguez to D.C. United as a trialist for the Black and Red. If the name sounds familiar, it's because the 29-year old defensive midfielder played for LD Alajuelense last year in the CONCACAF Champions League against D.

European interest in Perry Kitchen according to his agent

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D.C. United's defensive midfielder, Perry Kitchen, has interest from clubs in Denmark, Belgium, and Germany

With one big name in Bill Hamid already inked to a long term contract, D.C. United will have to move quickly to tie up another one, according to Grant Wahl.

On Wednesday, Wahl went on the record to say that United midfielder Perry Kitchen is garnering attention from several European clubs.

Philadelphia Union

Stress fracture sidelines Edu for three months

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The Union now have a defensive midfielder dilemma.

Philadelphia Union midfielder Maurice Edu will be out for a minimum of three months due to a stress fracture in his leg, Coach Jim Curtin revealed at his weekly press conference earlier today.

Curtin on Mo: "We will be losing Maurice Edu for a significant amount of time.

Union re-sign midfielder Brian Carroll

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The 34-year-old defensive midfielder will return for another season with the Union.

The Philadelphia Union have re-signed defensive midfielder Brian Carroll, the club announced today. This upcoming season will be Carroll's sixth with the club, making him the Union's longest continuously tenured player.

English Premier League

Liverpool agree surprise deal for highly talented Spanish defensive midfielder

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Liverpool have agreed on a new contract with the highly talented young defensive midfielder Pedro Chirivella.

The young Spanish midfielder was signed from Valencia back in 2013 and was regarded as one of their finest academy talents.

Chirivella has impressed with the youth side and has been rewarded with a few first-team appearances already.

Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny a bright spot in frustrating season for Gunners

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When Arsenal signed Mohamed Elneny from Swiss club Basel in January, many fans of the north London club were left feeling unfulfilled. After all, the 23-year-old Egyptian international is not considered a "world class" player, nor is he a household name in the soccer world. The Gunners reportedly only paid somewhere in the range of £5-£7 million for the defensive midfielder, hardly an earth-shattering transfer.

Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny a bright spot in frustrating season for Gunners

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When Arsenal signed Mohamed Elneny from Swiss club Basel in January, many fans of the north London club were left feeling unfulfilled. After all, the 23-year-old Egyptian international is not considered a "world class" player, nor is he a household name in the soccer world. The Gunners reportedly only paid somewhere in the range of £5-£7 million for the defensive midfielder, hardly an earth-shattering transfer.

Liverpool agree surprise deal for 5ft 6ins midfield anchor

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Liverpool agree surprise deal for 5ft 6ins midfield anchor - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart has signed a new deal that will keep him at the club for the next four years.

The former Tottenham midfielder has done an excellent job for the Reds in the cup games and new manager Jurgen Klopp has decided to reward him with a new contract.

Man United agree January deal for talented defensive midfielder

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Man United agree January deal for talented defensive midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United has recalled the highly talented central midfielder Liam Grimshaw from his loan spell at Motherwell in Scotland.

The Premier League giants are looking to seal a permanent transfer for the midfielder and are close to completing a deal.

Chelsea player reveals what went wrong, says spirits lifted after Jose exit

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Chelsea player reveals what went wrong, says spirits lifted after Jose exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has claimed that the atmosphere at Chelsea has improved since the exit of Jose Mourinho and the arrival of Guus Hiddink.

The Nigerian defensive midfielder claimed that the performances have also improved and implied that the side have been unfortunate to not get the desired results under Hiddink so far.

Wide open Premier League means Arsenal should go for broke in the January transfer window

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With the news that midfielder Santi Carzola has ligament damage in his knee, the Arsenal long-term injury list has a roster more likely to win the Premier League than the current starters. While injuries to the Gunners are as expected as snow in Maine, this year's seem particularly troubling to fans of the North London club.

Wide open Premier League means Arsenal should go for broke in the January transfer window

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With the news that midfielder Santi Carzola has ligament damage in his knee, the Arsenal long-term injury list has a roster more likely to win the Premier League than the current starters. While injuries to the Gunners are as expected as snow in Maine, this year's seem particularly troubling to fans of the North London club.

Tottenham continue to test fan patience with a slow, steady approach

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Another deadline day has come and gone, and sure enough, Tottenham Hotspur supporters are angry. The Saido Berahino transfer saga ended with everyone on all sides steaming and fuming, and without a new midfielder to add, the tide has started to truly turn on Daniel Levy and ENIC. But, should it? Is there more to the lack of Harry Redknapp-style wheeling and dealing on deadline day than meets the eye, or the angry tweet?

Tottenham continue to test fan patience with a slow, steady approach

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Another deadline day has come and gone, and sure enough, Tottenham Hotspur supporters are angry. The Saido Berahino transfer saga ended with everyone on all sides steaming and fuming, and without a new midfielder to add, the tide has started to truly turn on Daniel Levy and ENIC. But, should it? Is there more to the lack of Harry Redknapp-style wheeling and dealing on deadline day than meets the eye, or the angry tweet?

Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin is Premier League’s top defensive midfielder of 2015

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When Arsenal recalled Francis Coquelin from a loan spell at Championship side Charlton in December, not many Gunner fans were overly excited about the news. The former France youth international first signed with the north London club back in 2008 and was not particularly a fan favorite over his six-and-a-half years in and out of the senior squad.

Will Arsenal regret not signing a defensive midfielder?

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The January transfer window will close Monday,and while Arsenal have added a central defender and a prospect for the future, they've still neglected signing a great defensive midfielder which could make them improve vastly.

According to Rory Smith's ESPN FC article from last September, "Arsene Wenger's scouting team met in the aftermath of the FA Cup final victory.

Will Arsenal regret not signing a defensive midfielder?

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The January transfer window will close Monday,and while Arsenal have added a central defender and a prospect for the future, they've still neglected signing a great defensive midfielder which could make them improve vastly.

According to Rory Smith's ESPN FC article from last September, "Arsene Wenger's scouting team met in the aftermath of the FA Cup final victory.

Houston Dynamo

The Garrido Injury - A closer look with Dr. Robert Marx

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Dynamo and Honduran midfielder Luis Garrido suffered a horrific and uncommon injury during the run of play this week. We spoke to an orthopedic surgeon specializing in these sorts of injuries to get insight on what lies ahead for La Fiera.

Luis Garrido's reputation on the pitch is one of an enforcer.

2015 Dynamo Theory Creamsicles: Ricardo Clark is the Midfielder of the Year!

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It was a landslide victory for Ricardo Clark as Midfielder of the Year.

The wait is over! The ballots have been submitted, counted, recounted, and are now here for your viewing pleasure. Dynamo Theory will announce the 2015 Creamsicles award winners one by one over the next 5 days.

You can check out the entire list of winners here.

Sporting Kansas City

Could Rosell Return to KC?

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Early in the 2014 season, Sporting Kansas City transferred Spanish defensive midfielder, Oriol Rosell to Portuguese side, Sporting Club de Portugal. At the time, the transfer was seen with disappointment and happiness that the club was losing one of their better players, but that he was going to one of the giants of Portugal and a perennial Champions League team.

Ellis Re-Signed, Carrasco Signed

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As expected (considering Ellis' Tweet and both players' appearances in the preseason video) Sporting KC has re-signed homegrown defender Kevin Ellis and signed midfielder Servando Carrasco. The pair of four year veterans bring KC's total number of players under contract to 25 as the team has kicked off preseason in Arizona.

The Rest

SUPERB GOAL! Mohamed Elneny pulls one back for Arsenal against Barcelona

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Is Mikel Chelsea's best defensive midfielder at the moment ahead of Nemanja Matic?

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Ben Andrews and Jason Cundy asked the question on Chelsea TV recently and I wanted to read as many opinions on Mikel as possible. Is he our best defensive midfielder at the moment ahead of Nemanja Matic?


I have been hammered on here in the past by fans for singing Mikel's praises over the years.

Andy Ruiz trialing with Rhinos, not Revs

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Turns out Guatemalan midfielder midfielder Andy Ruiz will trial for the Rhinos.

It looks like Guatemalan midfielder Andy Ruiz will trial for the Rochester Rhinos and not the New England Revolution.

Last night, two Guatemalan sources reported that Ruiz had left Comunicaciones B to join the Revolution's training camp.

Danny Williams scores in Reading rout of Walsall

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Danny Williams is having quite a year offensively for Reading.

On Saturday, the 26-year-old defensive midfielder scored his sixth goal of the season across all competitions to help Reading progress to the fifth round of the English FA Cup via a 4-0 rout of Walsall.

Williams, who started and played all 90 minutes in midfield, scored when he pounced on aWalsall error in the 75th minute.

2015 Player Profile #22: Micheal Azira

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Now a Colorado Rapids player Azira was probably the best representation of what replacement level talent in central midfield is in MLS.

A couple years ago the Seattle Sounders found a solid USL player just entering his peak period. The minimum contract offered, his playing performance and that they let him go after two years shows their confidence that they will be able to replace the defensive midfielder through the draft, HGPs or another USL signing.

Three Potential First-Round SuperDraft Picks for the Revolution

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Who should the Revs draft with pick number 10?

On Thursday, when the 2016 MLS SuperDraft kicks off, the Revolution will make its first acquisition of the 2016 offseason. The club owns the 10th overall pick in the draft, a selection that should yield an MLS-ready player—likely, a defender or a defensive midfielder.

The Mock Drafts are Here

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The MLS Superdraft is always a mystery outside of the first handful of picks. While most of the major American sports are analyzed from grade school on up, soccer remains more art than science when it comes to evaluating young talent. So, for those of us focused on the Portland Timbers, figuring out who might still be around to take with the No.

McClaren May Bring In Derby Midfielder In January

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Newcastle are being linked today with Derby County defensive midfielder George Thorne, who was signed when Newcastle manager Steve McClaren was at Derby. The 6'2″ tall midfielder turns 23 next month and has played for England from U16 through U19 level. Thorne began his career at Cambridge United but when their Youth Academy close down [.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is undoubtedly in the world-class category

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Fresh off another brilliant performance on Sunday, Paul Pogba's value continues to rise and soon he may be the most expensive player of all-time.

"I need to keep on working and doing what I'm doing for the fans and the club. I'm more clinical this year. I'm fortunate enough to get off a few more shots and thankfully the ball is going in," said Pogba after Juventus' 2-0 victory over Chievo.